The internet is used in many different ways by children and it is important to discuss its safe use with your child, as we do in school. We have provided the information below to support you in safeguarding your child.
Online Safety at Lyngford Park
At Lyngford Park Primary School we follow eLiM's ActiveBYTES scheme of learning. This is a fully inclusive scheme of lessons for all pupils from Foundation Stage to Year 6. The lessons and assemblies in the scheme of learning focus on a different theme each term:
I am kind and responsible
I am safe and secure
I am healthy
We are working hard to organise a range of support for parents to help you ensure that your child is behaving safely online. This will include:
How do I know if an application (app) or website is suitable for my child?
The website www.net-aware.org.uk will advise you about what age group a website is suitable for. It contains reviews and opinions by parents, children and the NSPCC.
The website https://www.askaboutgames.com/pegi-rating/ will advise you about the age suitability of not just video games but apps which can be used on smartphones and tablets.
How can I set up parental controls on the internet?
It is important to restrict your child’s access to certain websites which may contain unsuitable material. For example, you can use ‘You Tube kids’ to filter access on You Tube. Your internet company will also have the facility to set up parental controls on other websites.
You can also link your child's personal devices to your own so that you can monitor the apps that they are downloading. Look out for our workshops coming in the Autumn term where we will show you how you can do this.
What should I do if I have any concerns?
Firstly, it is important that your child knows that if they feel unsafe when online, they should speak to a trusted adult who can help them. This includes parents and teachers. Children should never be encouraged to keep concerns to themselves.
In the event that your child is put into an uncomfortable situation online, it is important to report this to the relevant authorities. Reports can be made through www.ceop.police.uk, who will follow up your concern with you.
The NSPCC helpline is available for advice to any parents who have concerns: 0808 800 5002.
Here are some links that you may find useful in supporting your children to stay safe online:
Thinkuknow is the education programme from the NCA-CEOP, an organisation which protects children both online and offline:
internetmatters.org has some information for parents and carers:
Parent Info is a collaboration between NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone:
Net Aware has a guide to social networks, apps and games and has a simple to use search function so that you can find the app that you are looking for quickly and easily:
The NSPCC has lots of great information and advice on safeguarding children and online safety:
The National Online Safety website has lots of really useful articles and guides to support parents:
This is a link to a website which decodes 'teen speak' for parents:
And please remember that if you are at all concerned about your child's online behaviour, or that of another child, you can always speak to your class teacher or a member of our Safeguarding Team.